Nada or melody is something that we have to experience by listening: not everyone listening to Carnatic music can make sense of the technical artistry of a traditional concert.
It was to create awareness and familiarise people to the lighter aspects and the soothing and meditative concepts of the genre that Nadaloka was formed exactly a year ago.
Said Vasudevan who runs the show (with a big hand from Harini Raghavan of Nadasurabhi), “When we thought of formats for non-concert based exercises, lecdems, workshops, thematic presentations, and bhajan-like more solemn formats were thought about. Several did emerge in the last year, like the varna familiarisation by Neela Ramgopal that was a hit with youngsters and the interactive Musiri baani discussion by Suguna Purushottam.”
Mr. Vasudevan said they have taken the next step with Prabhata Sangeetha, a meditative early morning programme on light classical and sloka formats, explaining the primordial aspects of aesthetics and bhakti that infuse the Carnatic genre.
The bhakti mornings featured the likes of Saketharaman, Manasi Prasad, Hamsini Nagenra, Amrutha Venkatesh and Delhi Muthukumar in the last few months.
“We have no accompanists except the tambura and the artistes are given full freedom to express the morning mood.,” Mr. Vasudevan said.
If this melody familiarisation and acclimatising can be done at an impressionable age, the exercise is worth it as you study and grow along with music. Mr. Vasudevan has several schools with this aim in mind.
On Sunday (November 27), young Ramakrishnan Murthy taking advanced lessons from Delhi P. Sunderrajan, will present the Prabhata Sangeetha from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Hall B, Magnifica, Brigade Gardenia, J.P. Nagar 7th Phase.
Call 9741498218 for details.